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Published On: Mon, Sep 10th, 2018

Where is Princess Latifa of Dubai?

Princess Latifa has alleged that her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, abused her since she was a minor and severely restricted her personal freedom.

She attempted to escape in late February, 2018 with her friend Tiina Jauhiainen, on a US registered yacht captained by Hervé Jaubert; intending to sail to India and then proceed to the United States to seek asylum. On March 4th, however, the yacht, Nostromo, was violently boarded by the Indian Coast Guard and UAE special forces. Latifa was forcibly removed from the boat and handed over to the Emiratis; everyone onboard was taken into custody and taken back to the UAE in handcuffs and blindfolds.

Though Tiina, Hervé, and the boat’s crew were eventually released under public pressure; there is no information about Latifa’s wellbeing or whereabouts, and both the UAE and India have defied United Nations’ enquiries into her condition and the circumstances of her capture.

This video was recorded the days before the United Arab Emirate’s Princess Latifa attempted escape from her homland, and it contains allegations that, in true, blow apart, the reputation of the Ruler of Dubai.

Detained in Dubai has been involved in Latifa’s case from the very beginning. The princess contacted CEO Radha Stirling via instant messenger from aboard Nostromo asking for help. After a first thoroughly verifying Latifa’s identity, the Detained in Dubai team began investigating her options for safe haven, until Stirling received a panicked call from Latifa on March 4th, saying the boat was under attack. It was the last time anyone heard from Latifa.

Stirling and her team immediately contacted authorities in several countries about the incident and the disappearances of the princess, her friend, and the crew of Nostromo. She filed missing person reports for the passengers and crew, and requested information from the UAE government.

Detained in Dubai maintained continuous contact with Latifa’s American lawyers, and released news of the events to the press. Due to the publication of the incident, UAE authorities released Tiina Jauheinen and Herve Jaubert, as well as the rest of the Nostromo crew.

Stirling, along with solicitor David Haigh enlisted the support of Toby Cadman, head of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers in London, and petitioned the United Nations to enquire about the attack on Nostromo in international waters, the abduction of all onboard, and the continued detention of Princess Latifa.

The Nostromo yacht the princess was seized from 6 months ago.

The United Nations officially sent enquiries to both the UAE and India, and is continuing in its efforts to secure Princess Latifa’s safety.

Stirling and Haigh have filed complaints with the FBI in America over the attack on Nostromo, and the abduction of Herve Jaubert, a dual French and US citizen.

International media has only intensified in its coverage of the Latifa case, with major reports appearing on BBC, Fox News Radio, and 60 Minutes in Australia.

Not only has the United Arab Emirates been unresponsive to enquiries from the UN; they have actively tried to silence the Latifa story. Initially after Latifa’s abduction, when the international press began to report the news; the local media in the Emirates began re-publishing out of date articles on a different daughter of Sheikh Mohammed named Latifa, apparently to create the impression that the missing Latifa Al Maktoum was in fact safe and free in Dubai.

“September 4th marks 6 months since the kidnapping of Princess Latifa,” remarks Detained in Dubai partner David Haigh, “And the UAE continues to defy the calls from around the world for her release. We have approached them; Human Rights Watch has approached them; the United Nations has approached them; and now Amnesty International is approaching them to free Latifa. We will keep pushing for answers and accountability, and we will continue demanding Latifa’s release until she is finally freed and allowed to travel to a safe jurisdiction to live in security.”

Despite growing domestic pressure, and the ongoing United Nations enquiry, the government of India has also failed to address its involvement in the illegal raid on Nostromo, and their role in the abduction of Latifa. According to Indian law, any asylum seeker must be accorded a fair hearing, and eye witnesses at the time of the raid confirm that Latifa clearly communicated to both the Emirati and Indian forces that she was, in fact, seeking asylum.



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